Jonathan Rea has moved up to fourth position in the World Superbike Championship standings following a successful run to the podium at Miller Motorsports Park.

The Northern Irishman belied a mediocre grid slot of 11th to start well in both races, the Ten Kate Honda man battling his way to third position on the road in the opening event following the restart.

However, despite his mighty efforts to try and sustain his gap over those behind him, the aggregate format meant he would be classified an eventual fifth despite beating Michel Fabrizio and Ryuichi Kiyonari physically.

"I was just settling into a good rhythm in race one when it got red flagged, but the second part was OK and I just couldn't maintain the gap I had over Fabrizio, so he beat me to the podium, even though I finished third on the road."

Race two proved to be more prosperous, with Rea moving into third in the early stages after team-mate Carlos Checa crashed in front of him. However, a problem with the handling of his CBR1000RR meant he was having to strenuously defend his position through the corners, which he successfully achieved throughout the duration of the race.

"In race two, I just had to ride as slowly as I could to keep the guys behind me. There was a big gap to the guys at the front, who were riding at a fantastic pace, but I had a problem with the front of the bike.

"Luckily I was able to use the power of the CBR1000RR on the straights to stay ahead. I think we've found some consistency now, so we can return to Europe with our heads held high and look forward to some more good results."

Fifth and third means Rea also assumes Leon Haslam's status as Honda's leading representative for the first time this season.